The Metabolic Typing Diet: Customize Your Diet to Your Own Unique Body Chemistry

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People are unique in more ways than we can see. Stomachs and other internal organs come in many different shapes and sizes. Digestive juices, too, can vary dramatically from one person to another. Thus, according to author William Linz Wolcott, founder of Healthexcel, a company that provides metabolic typing for individuals, it stands to reason that different foods have very different effects on different people.

Wolcott believes that tailoring your diet to your body's particular quirks--metabolic typing--will improve digestion, circulation, immunity, energy, and mood. To determine your type, he has you take a 65-question test (the questions range from nose moisture to how you feel about potatoes), then place yourself in one of three categories: protein type, carbo type, or mixed type.

The protein type is instructed to eat a diet that's 40 percent protein, 30 percent fat, and 30 percent carbs. The carbo type gets 60 percent carbs, 25 percent protein, and 15 percent fat. And the mixed type should consume 50 percent carbs, 30 percent protein, and 20 percent fat, although this type has to play with the ratios a little more to find the optimal mix.

Although The Metabolic Typing Diet is based on information from researchers the majority of the public will never have heard of, Wolcott makes a strong case that it's all based on common sense: most of the dietary problems we have come from ignoring the foods that make us feel satisfied and energetic in favor of ones that we feel we're supposed to eat, or foods that we eat in desperation because our last meal left us hungry or lethargic. If we just eat the foods that make us feel right, Wolcott argues, we'll never feel like things have gone horribly wrong. --Lou Schuler

Customize Your Diet to Your Own Unique Body Chemistry

For hereditary reasons, your metabolism is unique. Cutting-edge research shows that no single diet works well for everyone–the very same foods that keep your best friend slim may keep you overweight and feeling unhealthy and fatigued. Now, William Wolcott, a pioneer in the field of metabolic research, has developed a revolutionary weight-loss program that allows you to identify your "metabolic type" and create a diet that suits your individual nutritional needs.

In The Metabolic Typing Diet, Wolcott and acclaimed science writer Trish Fahey provide simple self-tests that you can use to discover your own metabolic type and determine what kind of diet will work best for you. It might be a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet filled with pasta and grains, or a high-fat, high-protein diet focused on meat and seafood, or anything in between. By detailing exactly which foods and food combinations are right for you, The Metabolic Typing Diet at last reveals the secret to shedding unwanted pounds and achieving optimum vitality with lasting results.

The Metabolic Typing Diet will enable you to:
Achieve and maintain your ideal weight
Eliminate sugar cravings
Enjoy sustained energy and endurance
Conquer indigestion, fatigue, and allergies
Bolster your immune system
Overcome anxiety, depression, and mood swings

Customer Reviews:

  • Learn More about Nutrition Specifically for YOU!
    This is a great book for those who are struggling to find out WHY they don't feel great. If you follow the recommendations in the book, you could easily find an AHA moment and really learn how to eat to feel better.

    Finding out your nutritional type is ESSENTIAL to good health and is one of the platforms that I use in my private practice in order to help people overcome their chronic health problems.

    I DO recommend this book and/or it's companion website along with a nutritional advisor who uses its principles to every new client that works with me. And I'll recommend it to you too.

    Read, learn and FOLLOW the instructions outlined in the book.

    Kerri Knox, RN
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  • Not very original, but probably useful for many
    The Metabolic Typing Diet recommends finding the optimal carbohydrate, protein, and fat intake for one's "metabolic type" based on a detailed survey and empirical results of the diet.
    The book contains a survey which supposedly helps to determine one's type based on questions like "How do you feel about potatoes?" and "Do you have a lot of energy after eating meat?" I have not talked to anyone whose "metabolic type" based on the survey was other than "Mixed Type" so don't find the survey very helpful.

    The Metabolic diet is primarily concerned with keeping blood sugar levels low, just as in Atkin's and The Zone. It is helpful in that, unlike these one-size-fits-all diets, one is instructed to find the percent of carbs, proteins, and fats that allows one's blood sugar to stay low. This can be higher than allowed on the Zone's strict 40-30-30 (carb/protein/fat) regimen and especially Atkin's. It might be 60/25/15 for a pure "carbo type" or 50/30/20 for a "mixed type." This makes the diet easier to follow and perhaps more effective for people whose blood sugar is already well regulated and does not spike that high from eating carbs.???

    After the metabolic type is determined based on the survey, one is instructed to follow a diet with limited carbs, then start raising the carb intake until the ideal ratio is determined as evidenced by the best energy levels, digestion, and well-being. If the diet is seemingly not producing benefit it then instructs one to follow Eat Right 4 Your Type - it even includes an abbreviated version of the ER4YT food lists....more info

  • The real story behind The Metabolic Typing Diet
    Having read all of the negative reviews on metabolic typing diet, I would like to shed some light on the criticisms of the book. I have, off and on, been studying customized nutrition for the last decade of my life. There are two critical questions to ask with regard to diet: 1) Is there a one-size-fits-all approach that works for everyone? And 2) If not, what is the best approach to customized nutrition?

    To answer the first question one has to go no further than reading one of two books. Upon reading one of those books the open minded reader has no other rational conclusion to draw than the fact that everyone is unique and therefore there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The two books are Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price and Biochemical Individuality by Roger Williams.

    The answer to the second question can be found by looking to see who has researched all of the available data on customized
    nutrition and put together a program that the average person can follow. William Wolcott is by far the leading authority on
    customized nutrition. He has read all of the recent discoveries and has also read what the pioneers in the field have written. In
    addition, he studied under William Kelley (a pioneer in the field of customized nutrition). He has come up with the most
    intelligible, comprehensive system available today for people to discover their metabolic type.

    I am sure by now you are trying to reconcile the conflicting reviews on the book. Some criticize the book for lacking science or evidence for what is said in the book. Others say the book is excellent. I think a great deal of confusion lies in the assumption that his critics are making regarding the book's intended audience. His intended audience in the book is the masses of people in America. Those masses typically aren't very analytical or scientifically minded. If he had written the book to the scientifically minded he would have alienated a much larger audience, the average American. When I first read his book I was relieved to find that it was so easily understandable to a layperson. Yet when I dug deeper into William Wolcott and his organization Heathexcel I found the tremendous amount of science behind his work was second to none.

    I highly recommend this book and believe the information in it to be absolutely life changing. If I had to choose this book or any other ten books combined on the subject of diet I would choose this book hands down. The book is worth every penny you will pay for it and more importantly it is worth the time you will invest reading it. There is more information on his web site info

  • a waste of money
    the book tells you everyone is different
    so you may have to eat differently

    half of the book is made of the test, you will get a poorly set test , with no reason given to why and how your type is decided . just that for so and so points you fall into so and so group .

    after the test you will realise that (99% of us) you will need equal amount of carb and protein-A balance diet.

    Forget about the book, in my opinion
    avoid hydrogenated oil, reduce intake of refined sugar, dextrose , salt and artifical flavorings. don't use fouride toothpaste, watch less TV and internet, do exercise twice a week an hour each. listen to slow music and read a biography or auto-biography of a famous person once every few months. And you will be fine. ...more info
  • Exaggerated
    ...P>My criticism of this book primarily relates to the lack of references to scientific research. The authors do not analyze any research; they merely present a book based on one single concept: "Everybody is genetically unique." This concept is repeated on virtually every single page throughout the book, but the authors fail to make a sound case for this statement. Thus the book builds upon assumptions that are not convincing for the critical reader. And although the idea that we are genetically different may have plenty of merit, this book does not convincingly demonstrate that we are different to the extent that some people should eat a high-carb diet whereas others should eat a high-fat diet. That involves a radical genetic difference, indeed. For sound objective information that applies to every single human being, I strongly recommend "Natural Hormonal Enhancement" by Rob Faigin ...P>I feel that Dr. Wolcott exaggerates the need to individualize the diet according to one's metabolic type. Significant health improvements can be achieved for the majority of people merely by controlling insulin and blood sugar. To that end detailed personal protocols are likely unnecessary, at least for the majority of people.

    Bottom line: Read this book critically and scrutinize the validity of Dr. Wolcott's arguments. They may seem convincing and logical but they may also seem exaggerated and weak if one looks beyond the "propaganda."...more info

  • I Am Now Healthy!
    I had been very sick for over 6 years. I had tried many different programs but it wasn't until I starting working through the principles of Metabolic Typing that my body really started to heal. I have found the ideas in this book so valuable that I am now a Metabolic Typing Adviser myself. All of my clients respond excellently to the nutritional and lifestyle protocol laid out in this book.

    Thank you very much, William Wolcott.

    In good health,

    Kristina Amelong, CNC, CT
    ...more info
  • Metabolic Typing Diet a Must For Health
    The Metabolic Typing Diet is a must read for anyone seeking optimum health. In fact, if you're plagued by vague symptoms of any kind, this is a doubly must read.

    Simply put, this book's message is that we all don't thrive on the same kind of diet. Some people (like me) do better on a high protein diet, while others do better on a higher carbohydrate diet.

    The author goes into great detail about why this is so, and backs up his assertions with considerable scientific evidence and studies.

    So how do you tell what kind of diet is right for you? Well, there's a self test within the book, comprised of about 50 questions or so. After taking this test, you'll have a pretty good idea what your ideal metabolic type is, and you can design your diet accordingly.

    Bottom line: This book is highly recommended....more info
  • Metabolic typing diet
    The Metabolic typing diet is a very good book for anyone who is interested in becoming healthier....more info
  • On The Way To Health
    I've only begun this plan but believe I am on my way to good health and restoration of my weight to what it should be....I've done all diets and failed at all....but I really believe we are on the way to good health.......more info
  • Metabolic Typing Diet
    This book is a good start for anyone interested in taking control of one's health. The clear and concise wording of the text is easy to understand. With a simple test you are on your way to a new understanding of your body's needs for nutrititon and metabolic fuel. I strongly reccommend it as the foundation to any health program....more info
  • What is all the fuss about?
    This book is brilliant!! As a nutritionist it is the missing link.

    Whether Wolcott is the founder or not isn't the issue. Besides he talks about the pioneers in chapter 2.

    This book is like a novel that I find hard to put down. Highly recommended....more info
  • excellent overview of healthy eating
    This book gives an excellent overview of how to eat healthy for you body type. It is easy to read.
    Received the book in excellent condition with prompt delivery....more info
  • Now this makes sense!
    Read the book in a little under four days! Easy to read but packed with information...relevant and fresh...this makes sense!...more info
  • The Metabolic Type Diet
    I wished that I had this wonderful book, five years ago. Dec 30, 2005, was my five year aniversary of three of the worst cancers on our planet. It would have made life easier and saved much time. So simple, there were other modalities used, but the bottom line is: WE ARE WHAT WE EAT, :) jt...more info
  • the metabolic typing diet
    liked the book has a test in it you can do to see what kind of nutritional typing person you are and explains a lot of nutritional issues...more info
  • Review of the reviews
    Having just read 33 reviews of Wolcott and Fahey's book, I am amazed at the range of views. I even wonder if some reviewers read the book. The most favorable reviews came from those who tried the book's approach and had success. The most unfavorable reviews rant about generalities and blab on about science, but give no specifics. I found the book to give a well presented background of the theory, but when I tried the test I came out as about balanced (as did my wife). We later went to Dr Harold Kristal (who also has a book on the subject on this website) for a measurement-based typing and found myself to be protein oriented and my wife, vegetarian. Following separate diets, we both lost pounds and inches, as well as gained energy. Thus I know that the theory works. I would not recommend using a questionaire to decide one's type. But obviously, it seems to work for some people. Maybe they are more in touch with the effect of food on their body than I am. I also suspect that this book works best for people who have been eating far from their ideal diet for a long time, and change because of the information. It is worth reading, but I recommnend Dr Kristal's book more highly....more info
  • Awesome!!
    This book is incredible and a must read for anyone who eats. This book is so much more than losing weight. Actually weight lose is a by-product of the metabolic typing system, not the goal.

    While I am in 'good' health and come from a long line of long livers I feel the changes in my life due to this book will vastly increase my chances of living a long and healthy life....more info

  • Addressing the Poor Reviews of This Book
    I'd like to address some of the reviewers who rated this book poorly.

    One reviewer writes: "And although the idea that we are genetically different may have plenty of merit, this book does not convincingly demonstrate that we are different to the extent that some people should eat a high-carb diet whereas others should eat a high-fat diet. That involves a radical genetic difference, indeed." Perhaps. But traditional and indigenous diets worldwide vary in fat content from well over 70% of calories (Aleutian natives) on down, and degenerative diseases are unknown among indigneous peoples. This suggests that there is, in fact, wide genetic variation in the diet requirements of humans. Secondly, there is not as much variation in the diets as Wolcott's names (Protein, Carbo, and Mixed) make it appear. There is a fairly large amount of carb in the Protein diet (more than, say, an Atkins or South Beach diet), and the Carbo diet includes a fair proportion of protein. Finally, all types are advised to avoid refined sugar and cut back on refined grains, which will aid in controlling insulin and blood sugar. The reviewer is critical of the book on this ground, but if he had read the book carefully, he would realize that these diets (because there are multiple diets presented in the book) *will* lead to improved insulin and blood sugar control.

    To the vegetarian reviewer, and the reviewer with Epstein-Barr: I wonder if you followed Wolcott's tests properly. One of the major points of this book is that there is no one right diet for everyone. So, if you try one of Wolcott's suggested diets, and do not do well on it, perhaps you need to adjust it. That is exactly the point of the book. I'm having a hard time imagining why one reviewer writes that s/he did not do well "on all that animal protein," when only one diet in the book contains significant proportions of animal protein. The very fact that this reviewer found relief in a different diet, and that the vegetarian reviewer remains healthy on a vegetarian diet, only supports Wolcott's point that there is no one right diet for everyone....more info

  • WARNING! WOLCOTT is NOT the originator of this diet!
    The man whopo started the Metabolic Typing Diet was Dr. Kelley when he needed to cure his own pancreatic cancer, not Dr. Wolcott or any other person who infiltrated the Kelley program (sponsered by the pharmaceutical industry) Check Wolcott's credentials and you will see he does not have the knowledge or experience to improve the Kelley protocol.

    In figuring out the metabolic nuances needed to treat and reverse his cancer, Kelley was able to come up with a protocol which enabled him to help many people cure their cancers too. The cancer/pharmaceutical industry caught wind of what he did and gave him a really rough ride(there's a suprise). In the end they couldn't stop him so what they did is a warning to everyone in this forum. They had several people infiltrate his organization, then start up their "new improved" systems which according to Kelley, were designed not to work. It was a way to use marketing and disinformation to cloud Kelley's successful work and results with a new improved method that WILL NOT WORK. Classic disinfo propoganda measures.

    According to Kelley, William Wolcott is the main disinfo person who is now author of the best selling Metabolic Typing Diet which has lots of sexy, interesting notions in it but is designed to be off base(just enough to not be effective). Kelly wrote a letter explaining what I am saying here. I will track it down and post it along with Dr. Kelley's phone number so you can speak to him in person about it.

    More on Kelley here: info

  • Metabolic typing diet
    The book itself was in perfect condition. Contents of the book are great. Very informative. The book is written somewhat like a textbook so it is okay to skip around. Be careful though, there is a lot of good info there....more info
  • great book introducing body chemical functions to food.
    great book introducing body chemical functions to food.
    it includes a test for knowing which type of metabolic type you are, and how to eat according to your type....more info
  • I know my type but not what to eat.
    I thought the idea of this book was great. It provides good justification on why people need to eat differently. It presents a good starting point to determine what type you are in metabolically . The book fell apart for me in the follow through. I have no better understanding of exactly what I should be eating. I do know that I should not be eating chocolate, caffeine and alcohol, along with certain other foods, that we have been told years ago are bad for us. Overall, I think this book needs to be re-written to more current understandings of food. I think that the book needs to provide more exact information on what each type should eat so it would actually be useful....more info
  • UNIQUE!!!
    This book is really wonderful, mainly based on the foundation it is written on; that of Dr. Roger J. Williams. This theory is extremely eyeopening and mindboggling compared to the other ... theories that are thrown at us today. WE THE PEOPLE HAVE KNOWN THIS ALL ALONG!!! Imagine, actually saying that all people are different, and react in different ways to different things!!! The medical profession doesn't seem to have caught on to this yet. But every one (of us little real,peon people) can tell you that different things work for different people. Dr. Williams shows you why. And this book is a fantastic foundation for encouraging you to learn about your differences and how they affect you in the diet/nutrition arena. Those of us who have been through the medical zoo know that you have to take your health out of the medical professions' hands and into your own hands if you want to live and get well (and/or thin), and this book will help start you out. Your diet is the basis of your health and your health problems. Always go treat the source and not the symptoms. I also truly recommend all books by Dr. Williams; especially "Biochemical Individuality" (it's not as difficult as it sounds!) and "The World Within You," along with Jeffrey Bland's "Genetic Nutritioneering." I also recommend Dr. Mercola's absolutely free and highly educational newsletter at [his website], along with Doug Kaufmann's information at [his website]. Doug's new book on cancer, though expensive, is worth twice the money, and is just about as eyeopening as this book. The only doctors and medical personnel who will benefit from this book are the ones who truly want to help patients and their people. The doctors who are either brainwashed by the pharmaceutical agents who taught them in medical school or are out to make a buck will not be interested. The "industry" does not want people to learn for themselves, eat nutritious foods, take supplements or herbs that work with their bodies or otherwise make their bodies well and healthy. They want a bunch of mindless, totally bodily degenerated zombies who are dependent on them to keep them addicted to their "wonder" drugs and paying them astronomical prices for their drugs and body poisoning procedures. The same goes for their cohorts, the AMA, the FDA and the large "disease" associations who never listen to anything that helps anyone, only to their own pocketbooks. And the FDA is the worst of them all; they're supposed to be protecting people. Instead, these people are trying to crush everyone who makes a stand for real health. We all have to stand up for our own health, along with the few who are trying to help us, such as the authors of this book, and people such as Dr. Mercola and Doug Kaufmann. This book is a good, solid start. (Please note that the views expressed here are my own, and not from the book!!!!)...more info
  • A wealth of information!
    This book has been instrumental in helping me ease into a healthier life-style! If you want TRUTH, READ THIS BOOK!...more info
  • I use it in my healing practice
    Let me state up front that I am not undertaking the Metabolic Typing studies, nor do I intend to, just am incorporating into my healing practice the protocol of what is undoubtedly nutritional wisdom that many will benefit from. I am a registered nurse with a specialty in nutritional studies. Unlike the few reviewers who gave the metabolic test to their friends to take, and discovered they were all the "Mixed-Type" metabolic profile, I have used this method in my healing practice and so far have found the opposite: That the Mixed types seem to predominantly come from those who hail from Mediteranean or Oriental/Asian ancestry, and that there were a significant number of Protein types, whose predominant ancestry hailed from Northern Europe. I have come across only one Carb type so far, an individual whose ancestry is in tropical climates. So far the clients following their metabolic type diet are losing fat when they do follow it, (per skinfold caliper testing and inches lost) and gaining weight and feeling symptomatic again when they consume too many foods from the other meal plans for the other metabolic types. (Mostly when Protein Types are eating foods better suited to the Carb Types, and fail to consume enough protein on a regular basis.)

    The book is well written, not difficult to follow at all, is designed for the lay-reader, and I have also followed up and bought the books by the other researchers whom Dr. Wolcott mentions either inspired his interest, or who started the ball rolling a century ago in this direction. Some of Dr. Wolcott's work is incorporated in Ann Louise Gittleman's nutritional works as well, and she cites him as one of the sources for her advocating increased protein in her "Your Body Knows Best" book. Her Fat Flush Plan also incorporates increased protein, though is not a spin-off of either any of the meal plans here or of any of the higher-protein and fat diets like the Atkins diet. ALG is another well-respected nutritionist in the field.

    Current research is continuously showing that people can lose weight and not increase their cholesterol levels or blood pressure when following a higher protein meal plan. This means that for those whose metabolic type thrives on this type of diet, they will do fine following a plan for that. For those whose metabolic type thrives on a higher carbohydrate diet, there is a meal plan for that too, of course. The mixed type can eat from both plans, but there is tons of valuable information about how foods are metabolized, how different nutrients react in different people.

    I did not find the research either skimpy or underreported. The change in diet is not so radical for those who typically eat what their cultural group or ancestors typically ate. Many ethnic groups eat what their families ate for generations.

    The USA nutritional information on which they based the food groups block of years past, and the food pyramid currently in use, is from studies of an African tribe who did not display cardiac disease. Their diet was about 60-65% carbs, and little fat, small amounts of protein. It was assumed that Americans would thrive on this type of diet, but most Americans at that time hailed from Northern European ancestry, and we began feeding the nation too many carbs, too many flour-foods, (pastas, breads, refined cereals) and of course combined those flour foods with sugar, cakes, cookies etc. What this book shows is that many indigenous groups eating high fat or high protein diets, also have no cardiac disease, or diabetes, or cancer, as long as they are following the diet of their ancestors, within reason. When these indigenous cultures come to America, or begin eating a diet similar to the Western influences of increased carb, sugar, and flour, they too develop diseases similar to the rates of Americans.

    We grain feed our livestock, rather than range feed, so that the meat contains far less Omega-3 fatty acids, and it is the Omega-3s that signal the brain that the satiety from a meal has occurred. Consequently in the US we consume far larger portions of meat that still do not provide a sense of fullness. Luckily there are farms now devoted to range-fed livestock, poultry, eggs, and bakeries producing sprouted-grain and whole grain products.

    Dr. Wolcott's method is just the tip of the iceberg for getting people onto a healthy nutritious regimen for themselves and their families. The whole food industry needs revamping, and parents and educators need to become involved so that nutritious food can be served to our children at home and at school, as they will be the ones to ensure that the food industry makes progess in the future....more info

  • A must have for everyone who truly cares about health
    This book is not about another miracle diet: it is about a lifestyle and a lifelong committment to serve your health at best. Everybody should know her or his metabolic type before starting anything else....more info
  • Not very original, but probably useful for many
    The Metabolic Typing Diet recommends finding the optimal carbohydrate, protein, and fat intake for one's "metabolic type" based on a detailed survey and empirical results of the diet.
    The book contains a detailed survey which supposedly helps to determine one's type based on questions like "How do you feel about potatoes?" and "Do you have a lot of energy after eating meat?" I have not talked to anyone whose "metabolic type" based on the survey was other than "Mixed Type" so don't find the survey very helpful.

    The Metabolic diet is primarily concerned with keeping blood sugar levels low, just as in Atkin's and The Zone. It is helpful in that, unlike these one-size-fits-all diets, one is instructed to find the percent of carbs, proteins, and fats that allows one's blood sugar to stay low. This can be higher than allowed on the Zone's strict 40-30-30 (carb/protein/fat) regimen and especially Atkin's. It might be 60/25/15 for a pure "carbo type" or 50/30/20 for a "mixed type." This makes the diet easier to follow and perhaps more effective for people whose blood sugar is already well regulated and does not spike that high from eating carbs.???

    After the metabolic type is determined based on the survey, one is instructed to follow a diet with limited carbs, then start raising the carb intake until the ideal ratio is determined as evidenced by the best energy levels, digestion, and well-being. If the diet is seemingly not producing benefit it then instructs one to follow Eat Right 4 Your Type - it even includes an abbreviated version of the ER4YT food lists....more info

  • A very interesting take on metabolism
    I have to say this helped me to change my eating habits quite a bit. Before the book came along I was fully convinced that I could eat as a vegetarian and then a couple years later I found myself irritable, emotional and going out of my mind. It turned out that not only did I need more protein in my diet but I needed to eat actual meat and with every meal if I could. I know some may disagree but I tried it and it made a huge difference in the way I felt and my body operated... As a woman I deal with enough complicated health issues and the perspective it gives is fresh and informative....more info
  • Just Another Diet Book
    There were only about 100 pages of this book that were worth reading and then I discovered that everyone I gave the test to came up the same (Mixed-meaning balance of Protein and Carbs each day). Based on what I see the book is just promoting a health diet since everyone came up with the balanced diet and not either all protein or all carb. I was really disappointed by this book....more info
  • A knock-off of several other methods...
    At first I was impressed...with the concept. However, the testing proves to be very wishy-washy as my reactions to food aren't usually general, and they can change over time. That made it very difficult for me to determine my type. I just follow 50/30/20 and Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle and adjust to 40/40/20 (by listening to my body) with excellent results!

    He recommends a Zone diet (40/30/30), Tom Venuto's basic 50/30/20 ratio, and a 65/25/15 ratio, which is the old ratio for bodybuilders back in the day! You could find these ratios on the internet for FREE. Metabolic types do indeed exist, but the probably of matching the extremes isn't too great. Mixed is basically everything that's not Carb/Protein type, which can leave many of us stranded and not knowing what to do next or even how to go about it...including me. Now, I just follow 50/30/20 (BFFM) to start and sometimes adjust to 40/40/20 (by listening to my body) with excellent results! Finding your metabolic type is PROBABLY not as simple as answering a questionnaire. Rather, you start from a balanced point of view and lean towards one side or the other--whichever makes you feel better. This way you'll learn to listen to your body. Also, calories do count...basically just reduce intake of all refined foods (eliminate sugar and trans fats) and exercise 4-6 times every day for at least half an hour. Make sure to include cardio AND weightlifting! Your body will thank you.

    I recommend Tom Venuto's ebook, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle or Rob Faigin's Natural Hormonal Enhancement. Both are excellent reads. They are both very credible authors, as I have NOT found with Wolcott. I'd prefer to follow the advice of someone who has followed their own advice (not sure if Wolcott does). However, I do agree that the food choices he recommends are better than the refined, sugar-filled, chemically overloaded foods that Americans (and some of the rest of the world) typically eat. ...more info
  • The book that helped me most!
    All my life, I have been non-typical in my health issues. I had allergies to variable foods when I was a kid, it took two weeks each to diagnose my atypical pneumonia and hepatitis in grade school, I had adenitis? and rheumatoid arthritis? after I got married, etc. I have therefore always been in search of some method to make me stronger and healthier since conventional approach came short in many of my problems. This book not only shows a path for better health, but also explains why! I have benefited a lot from its teachings. Thanks a lot and congradulations, Bill Walcott and Trish Fahey!...more info
  • At last, the answer!
    After years of searching for a solution to my negative response to many foods, this book has provided me with the answers I was seeking. According to the questionnaire I am a protein type. The exact opposite of what I have been told and always believed.
    No more constant hunger, no more intense itching and the edema is but a fraction of what it was. All of this in less than one month. I would have liked to see some recipes included, but that should in no way deter anyone from purchasing this valuable book. Thank you William Linz Wolcott for your time spent in research and the time it took to put this information on paper. I have shared this info with my friends who are also getting amazing results. ...more info
  • One Man's Food Is Another Man's Poison
    Why do some people do well on Robert Atkin's high fat and protein diet with almost no carbs, while other people fare poorly on such a diet? The same holds true for many other diet plans, such as the low fat regiman of Dean Ornish. The reason, according to William Wolcott, author of "The Metabolic Typing Diet," is that one diet regiman doesn't fit all. In other words, one man's food truly is another man's poison.

    Wolcott contends that while we all need fats, carbohydrates and proteins in our diet, some people need more high pruine, fatty meats (dark meat poultry, beef, fatty fish such as salmon) and other fats such as butter, while other people need a mix of high and low fat meats (dark and light meat poultry, high and low fat fish, beef) and carbohydrates, while a third group fares better eating more carbohydrates and low fat meats, such as white meat chicken and turkey, low fat fish, and beans. I have been following his diet recommendations and see the wisdom in his advice. While everyone needs fruits and vegies in their diet, different people do better on different kinds of these foods. For example, while carbohydrate types can eat more liberal amounts of all types of fruits, as they don't raise their blood sugar as rapidly, the high protein, fat types do better on less sweet fruits. They should also more carefully monitor their total fruit consumption and stay away from fruit drinks.

    Wolcott has everyone eat whole grains. As it breaks down the phytates and other enzyme inhibitors, he recommends soaking your grains. He also encourages every one to eat three meals a day at set times. He encourages the purchase of free range meat that doesn't have nitrates or nitrites and feeds on the proper food for it's digestive system. He encourages people to buy organic grains and produce where feasible. Even more important than buying organic vegies or fruits is to purchase the frshest produce you can find. He also has a list of foods he says everyone should stay away from. Included in this list are alcohol, caffiene, sugar and trans fats, which are produced when food is fired or deep fried, especially in delicate omega six vegie oils, such as sunflower, safflower, corn, soy, and canola oil. Each metabolic type has other specific foods that they need to monitor in their diet.

    Another very good book on metabolic type diets is "The Nutrition Solution," by Harold J. Kristol. His discription of the oxidative vs. the autonomic nervous system domiants is well done. While Wolcott covers this subject in detail, I found Kristal's book to be even more understandable than Wolcott's book. Wolcott has the best self test to determine your metabolic type of the two books. I also like that he gives a diet plan for mixed types, which Kristal does not do. Kristal does discuss a balanced diet for those people who are healathy enough to be on one. I would highly recommend you read both books, There are several other books on metabolic types. When reviewing them on Amazon, none impressed me all that much. These two books truly are the best books I've ever read on diet.
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  • An Important Book
    As a health professional, I feel qualified to state that if someone follows the guidance suggested in the book, chances are well over 85% that they will see dramatic improvements in their health.

    Mr. Wolcott has done a great job synthesizing some of the greatest nutritional paradigms we have, as well as adding his unique contribution with the "dominance" distinction for autonomic and oxidative functioning.

    I highly recommend this book....more info

  • Metabolic Typing Diet is just want the Dr. Order
    Shipping was right on time, book was recommended by my Chiropractor Dr. Koca. Strongly reecommend this book to others whom are at that time of life where the metabolism is beginning to slow down. ...more info
  • Excellent
    This is one of the most enlightening books I've ever read.
    The test to find out your type of metabolism is very good.
    I've recommended it to my friends and I myself use the principles outlined in this book every day....more info
  • Save your money!
    I bought this book on the recommendation of my physician. I'm glad if it was able to help others, but the amount of animal protein I had to consume on this diet made me ill after a week and I had to throw in the towel. The author totally ignores the ill effects of all that cooked meat and how it contributes to acidosis. As a sufferer of Epstein-Barr Virus/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I ultimately found relief and help from raw foods, hydration, and less protein -- measures that alkalized my body....more info
  • need to read
    Anyone who has struggled unsuccessfully in maintaining a healthy weight needs to buy and read this book.... and then pass it on to their friends!...more info
  • Extraordinary information
    This is an extraordinary book. Within it, there is a test that will tell you what type of macro nutrient food mix (carbohydrate vs. protein) you will do best on. This takes out the guess work out of nutrition.

    The author explains also how extremely different diets have millions of succesfull followers. Take Ornish high carbohydrate-low fat diet, and Atkins high protein-low carb diet; both have millions and millions of followers who swear their good health by these radically opposite diets. How could that be? It is pretty simple, the followers of a specific diet are individuals who thrive on this type of diet. In other words, their specific metabolic type corresponds closely to the guru diet they follow. But, this does not mean that one diet or the other is good for you. You first have to find out your own metabolic type, then you will know. This leads you from darkness into light, nothing less (at least as far as nutrition is concerned)....more info

  • The Metabolic Typing Diet
    The book was totally what I had hoped it would be. It has given me guidelines as to what sort of food regimen I should eat for my metabolic body type. ...more info
  • The Metabolic Typing Diet
    I am retired, 72, and in not-so-good health; not bad, but not-so-good. I have been reading The Metabolic Typing Diet book for a few weeks and have been instituting several of the recommendations. I can see and feel vital improvement in my health condition versus what I had to start with. I recommend using this book as a follow-on to Dr. Mercola's Total Health Program book. I recomend these books and their information and processes for individual work and for small groups....more info
  • The Metabolic Typing Diet
    The book was very helpful in finding out my metabolic type and it will help me in my selection of food for better health....more info


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